Osinbajo Defies Boko Haram Threat, Visits Maiduguri


By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri

Barely 18 hours after the deadly attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday defied the presumed security threat, paying a one-day working visit to the troubled town.

The acting president, who is in the state to commence the distribution of 30,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-east, landed at the Maiduguri International Airport in a presidential jet at about 12:30pm.

The acting president was received by the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, members of the state excutive council, traditional rulers and politicians.

It was observed that security was beefed up across the town, with heavily armed personnel from the army, navy, airforce, police, DSS, immigration and other para-military agencies deployed in major roads and streets.

Similarly, several Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) were stationed in all the routes the acting president is expected to take, with assault helicopters and military fighter jets providing aerial surveillance.

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